You will continue to be under the effects of the anesthetic for several hours following your treatment. Depending on the type of anesthetic you had, the lower arch will most likely stay numb longer than the upper arch.
Please use caution when eating or drinking anything while numb. We recommend a soft and moderate temperature diet during this time. Avoid hot, hard or chewy foods so you do not burn or bite yourself for the next few hours.
What to expect:
While you may experience any of the following, you usually will feel normal with little or no discomfort.
Your gum tissue may become achy and you may have some temporary sensitivity to cold. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help with any discomfort.
Occasionally, slight swelling or stiffness may occur. If it does, place a warm moist towel to your face in the area of the stiffness.
Occasionally there is soreness in the injection site, which can last a day or two. Ibuprofen** or acetaminophen** may help with this discomfort.
Things to do:
Rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with warm salt water (dissolve ½ teaspoon salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water). Start home care as instructed. In the beginning, you may have to very gentle.
Your next meal should consist of soft foods.
Things not to do:
Avoid foods that can get stuck between your teeth such as chips, popcorn, caramels, etc. for the next 3-4 days.
Do not smoke or use tobacco of any kind for at least the next 24 hours. Tobacco is an irritant to healing.
When taking any medications, be sure to read the label for directions, allergy alerts and warnings. Follow directions on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
When to call our office:
If you experience any discomfort that cannot be controlled with ibuprofen or acetaminophen or excessive swelling or bleeding.